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Upgraded Exhibits at B-Reactor

RICHLAND, Wash.- Hanford's historic B-Reactor is getting upgrades in the effort to preserve it as a museum.

The organizations trying to save the reactor just unveiled a series of new exhibits and educational videos setups.

The exhibits are part of the Atomic Heritage Foundation's latest push to stop the federal government from tearing down the historic reactor, and instead make it a tourist spot.

Activists say the reactor that made the ingredients for the world's first nuclear bomb is a part of history too important to ignore.

"It tells an important story. Without it, you're losing as a nation and as a world, kind of the reality, the physical reality of this old project," said Cynthia Kelly, a leading activist. 

"Not too many people know about, and I think the information needs to be spread," said tourgoer Pat Rovell.

Organizers hope the project can be combined with tours of the planned Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and possibly wine tasting trips, but a decision has to be made soon because Congress has only postponed cocooning the reactor until 2009.

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